“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky…
They’re all together ooky, the Addams Family…”
While thinking of this theme song, the urge to snap my fingers is suppressed as I instead navigate to today’s “Google Doodle” which features an inspired illustration by Charles Addams, the cartoonist and creator of the Addams Family, on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Long before Addams formally introduced the world to Morticia, Gomez, et. all, his “creepy” cartoons regularly graced the pages of The New Yorker. A 1998 feature titled The Addams Trove, described the artist’s contribution to the publication.
In 1958, an exhibition of Addams illustrations was held at the University Gallery. A promotional poster was found within the files:
Rebecca Wilson is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota, completing a minor in Museum Studies. She also serves as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum.